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In The Garden: Muhly grass is a blooming grass

By Staff | Dec 23, 2019
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Fun, whimsical and versatile only begin to describe a Florida plant known as muhly grass (Muhlenbergia capillaris), with its long green stalks and fluffy blooms making its showcase amongst your landscape. This particular type of grass prospers easily throughout the year, blooming its beautiful stalks of feathery flowers, ranging from classic tones of pink and purple, to elegant fluffs of white in the fall.

As an easily adaptable plant requiring little maintenance, muhly grass is a great choice if you lack a green thumb. Providing water to newly planted stalks until they are well established sets the road for later on, as they have a high drought tolerance once mature. Sunny spots are best for the wild sprouts, which flourish rapidly in the spring to reveal their slender, dark green foliage. Trimming them in the winter helps maintain a manageable size for the rest of the year. Because muhly grass can grow to great sizes of 2 feet to 3 feet tall and 3 feet wide, with flower stalks reaching a whopping 5 feet in length, planting this type of vegetation about 24 inches to 36 inches apart gives them plenty of room to grow.

If you’re looking to make muhly grass the next addition to your landscaping, it’s the perfect choice for coastal atmospheres, considering this beauty is a native. Whether you prefer a flowing border of these fountaining flowers or instead opt for a large group of them, either choice will leave you with an equally beautiful appearance. And if you decide you want more, you can easily divide mature clumps of the grass in the spring to create several new plants.

So, keep your eyes peeled for this wonderfully delicate yet highly tolerant plant, the muhly grass, as it’s a reliable, easily maintainable shrub to add a pop of flare to your garden.

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